Manufacturing Matters

Manufacturing Matters

The Manufacturing Matters podcast aims to get to the heart of automation technology and how it plays into the growing manufacturing industry. Join us for insights and interviews discussing trends, innovations, and advanced automation technologies, such as robotics, machine vision, AI, and much more. Follow our social channels here:


March 23, 2023 7 min

Garrett Place, business development at ifm efector, talks with Manufacturing Matters about making more efficient autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that deliver a better ROI for customers. One of the biggest challenges companies face when adopting AMRs is the system’s total cost of ownership. But Place describes a “paradigm shift” where end users have to increase cost to decrease cost. To be faster and more efficient, an AMR needs to ...

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Jared Glover, CEO of 3D vision and motion planning software company CapSen Robotics joins Jimmy Carroll, VP of Operations at TECH B2B Marketing on the Manufacturing Matters podcast to discuss the latest in 3D vision-guided bin picking/pick-and-place applications.

CapSen Robotics deploys 3D cameras and proprietary 3D alignment and machine learning algorithms to detect the positions and orientations of multiple objects in cl...

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March 2, 2023 7 min

Jeremy Bergh, president, North America at IDS Imaging Development Systems, fills us in on how advances in AI are broadening opportunities for customers. The IDS NXT is a smart camera that allows users to create their own vision apps and put them directly on the device. Meanwhile, IDS NXT ocean — an all-in-one embedded vision package that adds neural networks right onboard the camera — makes deep learning easy to use. (Translation: ...

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February 16, 2023 15 min

Manufacturing Matters welcomes Marc Larive, strategic marketing manager at Xenics. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of SWIR InGaAs imaging detectors and cameras. Larive joins the podcast to discuss new products and trends related to shortwave and longwave IR. At the 2022 Vision Show, Xenics demonstrated two SWIR cameras — one ideal for fast inspections and another that captures even the smallest defect — and a ...

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February 9, 2023 11 min

For all the selling points robotics offers, safety needs to be a big part of the conversation upfront. Bryan Sellars, industry marketing manager at SICK, Inc., joins Manufacturing Matters to discuss this important topic and other automation trends. One of SICK’s newest products, safeVisionary2, is a 3D time-of-flight camera sensor with multiplanar lidar designed for robot and human safety. But safety starts before a product hits th...

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At the A3 Business Forum in Orlando last week, Manufacturing Matters host Winn Hardin met with representatives from PBC Linear and Applied Cobotics. PBC Linear President David Deiter and VP of sales Tim Stellmacher, along with Director of Applied Cobotics Beau Wileman, talk about the upcoming PBC Linear 40th anniversary celebration, the US made small diameter ball screw line, and the new Cobot Feeder from Applied Cobotics, along wi...

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Brent Barcey, VP of Sales & Business Development at Plus One Robotics, joins the Manufacturing Matters podcast to discuss the latest innovations in robotic handling applications on the factory floor. Plus One Robotics takes a novel approach to random mixed depalletization and high-speed parcel induction and makes ease-of-use a top priority. This includes properly building the model upfront to accommodate a variety of label cond...

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January 11, 2023 12 min

Kamel Saidi, an engineer within the Intelligent Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) joins David Dechow, Consulting Director of Vision Technology and Education at TECH B2B Marketing in this episode of Manufacturing Matters. NIST works with industry and academia to create critical measurement solutions and helps develop standards with ASTM International to improve manufacturing processes thro...

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January 6, 2023 8 min

Heiko Eisele, president of MVTec, LLC speaks with Winn on the set of Manufacturing Matters at the 2022 Vision Show in Boston. MVTech is a well-known international producer of machine vision software. By supplying cutting-edge technologies like 3D vision, deep learning, and embedded vision, MVTec products enable innovative automation solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things and are employed in all demanding imaging applicatio...

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December 21, 2022 13 min

Winn talks with Josh Cloer, the Director of Sales for Mujin. Mujin is a robotics technology company that is changing the way that robots are programmed. Instead of programming the waypoints and the workflows like a human programmer would, Mujin is creating autonomous robots. They’re modeling the environment, telling the system about what the environment looks like, what the surroundings are, what the type of application is, what ty...

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On the set of Manufacturing Matters at the Autonomous Mobile Robotics and Logistics Conference, located at the Vision show in Boston, Winn talks to Patty Katsaros. Patty is the Director of Marketing Operations at Locust Robotics. Locus Robotics is an automation solutions provider. They help eCommerce companies and third-party logistics companies increase their productivity with robotics automation solutions. Locus Robotics helps co...

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Greg Hollows, VP of product strategy and new product development at Edmund Optics, visits Manufacturing Matters to discuss the future of the optics and lighting markets. Machine vision component suppliers are capitalizing on COVID-era research and development to create solutions – everything from standard products to turnkey systems – that bring together new sensor and optics technologies. Hollows says that customers also are expec...

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Welcome to Manufacturing Matters, a new podcast from TECH B2B that takes an in-depth look at automation technologies and their critical role in the manufacturing industry. Our series will reveal how companies are adopting advanced automation technologies such as robotics, AI and deep learning, and embedded vision to address the ongoing labor shortage, as well as increase productivity; enhance efficiency; and, ultimately, drive reve...

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